Winner of Miss Remote Area Dwellers Programme (RADP) for the Southern District has promised to use the platform she has been accorded to promote education in her area.
Speaking in an interview after winning the beauty pageant in Kanye over the weekend, the 22-year-old Kganetso Lesogonyana said education was key to the development of rural communities.
Lesogonyana said she would take advantage of her reign to address parents on the essence of schooling with a view to changing their outlook to life.
She said she was concerned that most of the children in rural communities were prone to dropping out of school which, she observed, undermined government efforts to better their lives through education.
Miss RADP explained that, only through education could children living in rural communities realize and take advantage of the opportunities availed to them by government to change their lives for the best.
She said she would also go around her area addressing school children on the importance of education.
Meanwhile Miss Heritage 2014 Katlego Gaotsenelelwe has challenged the private sector to brand the beauty pageant adding Southern District Council alone could not afford.
She has also urged the business community to sponsor the winners, Lesogonyana, Gofaone Tojane and Segolame Taolo respectively. She explained that the pageant aimed to positively touch and change their lives.
Gaotsenelelwe has further advised the 14 contestants to take the initiative seriously, adding evidence has shown that many young women were making a living out of various opportunities ranging from modelling and advertising, among others.
She has furthermore advised the eventual winners to consider themselves role models and ambassadors for their communities.
“Accord yourselves respect because you are no longer ordinary individuals but public figures now so that everyone can respect, admire and cherish your new social status,”she advised. The winner walked away with P3 500 while runners up pocketed P2 500 and P1 500 respectively.
The other participants each received a consolation prize of P500.
The three beauty queens will slug it out with a bevy of other beautiful girls at the national finals to be held in Gaborone this month.